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Posted January 7, 2014
Attention inner monsters: bewarned
Enter at your own risk. Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of every monster's need for transformation. You will be convicted of your own failures and sinfulness through this story. The monster within will not appreciate being exposed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
With creativity, encouragement, and a great picture of thise who make up the church, Matt was kind enough to deliver a powerful tale.
True to monster lore, the story contains pain, death, and blood. True to the words of Christ, the story requires faith in Christ that transforms our actions.
This is not a doctrinal treaty, so be aware that you may be tempted to quit if you are expecting Spurgeon's devotional, or Lewis' Mere Christianity.
Especially if you are unsure of your hideousness, read about the various types of monsters at the end of the book
Posted August 28, 2012
Worth the wading
So. For the first 50 pages, I didn't get it at all. So confused. For the next 50, things got a little clearer. And then....I was totally on track with the crazy (but so worthwhile) writings of Matt Mikalatos.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Matt, the newly self appointed king of the neighborhood watch, finds that his 'hood is overrun with zombies (blindly following 'Christians'), vampires (super-selfish), and werewolves (those lacking self control with possible anger issues). He meets Luther, who has a very interesting background - don't we all - and who has also recently started to abuse his wife. He also has pastor dad issues; but above it all, is still seeking to figure out who he is and who Jesus really is, too. Along for the ride to crazy are the Hibbs 3000 android/robot, mad scientist Dr. Culbetron, and former high school classmate turned neighbor (also former vampire), Lara.
As mentioned, I had a difficult time getting into this book at first. This is my second Matt Mikalatos book, and I have to say, he might be an acquired taste....but it's a worth it taste. Read this book as well as his first, "Imaginary Jesus" - you will be glad you did. And you will have lots to think about like I do.
Posted June 13, 2012
Night of the Living Dead Christian
B-movie meets theology. This book is about control (who has it?), self-seeking (who doesn't?), resurrection, and transformation in Christ.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Night of the Living Dead Christian" by Matt Mikalatos is a work of fiction that brings God's truth to a particular sub-set of the population..those interested in such things as werewolfs, vampires, and mad scientists and those who learn best from a good laugh. Honestly, images of Mystery Science Theater 3000 kept popping in my head during this read (I could imagine the three guys chatting up a storm through each chapter of the book. I even wanted to make funny comments within the dialogue)...also this book has a little of Meyer's Twilight series throughout.
On the down side, this book has been done before by Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker without giving the reader such spelled out clues as too what each monster symbolized... also, the dialogue seemed forced if not fake when it came to the theological sound bites.
On the positive side, the book was convicting. Getting inside the mind of a werewolf stepped on my toes. I loved how the werewolf confronted his father. I loved the honesty of that particular conversation and the truth revealed.
I would buy the book simply for the lines on p. 204.
"My allegiance is to a kingdom that is growing and resolving itself in our midst, not through laws but through the transformation of human beings, by the change in human hearts"
Posted December 14, 2011
Transformed Spiritually, or Supernaturally?
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It's a dark October night, and you are patrolling the streets as a neighborhood watchman, when all of a sudden you come upon a startling scene - a mad scientist and his franken-robot messing with a strange machine attached to the streetlights! So what do you do? Well, that's the question Matt asks himself when he finds the pair tinkering with the neighborhood power supply. Unfortunately, he isn't able to stop the mad doctor before he turns on a device that will supposedly call all of the local "werewolves" out of hiding; but when he sees the onslaught of zombies, he knows they were somehow telling the truth, especially when a friend turns out to be a vampire. Now that Matt is in the middle of all this unbelievable chaos, what will he do, who will he trust, and will he survive the Night of the Living Dead Christian?
I don't think that I have ever read a Christian book that has made me laugh as much as Night of the Living Dead Christian. Matt Mikalatos' metaphor-laden spiritual allegory is a mix between classic Hollywood horror movies and Monty Python-like humor. Every chapter went deeper and deeper into the question of transformation - whether spiritual or supernatural - and described the monstrosity that levels of belief can become; (zombies surrender their minds, have no original thoughts, and are motivated by their own desires, vampires steal the life force of others and are notoriously selfish, werewolves are animalistic, carnal, and uncontrollable, etc...). I found the characters to be well-developed and very funny, especially the zombies and Luther the werewolf, and the plot was constructed nicely and well-executed. I think that the author did a wonderful job tackling the misconceptions about being a Christian, and what it means to be a true Christian. After reading the book, I have actually started relating some of the people in my life to the "monsters" I read about - particularly some of the people I see in church from time to time. I will definitely recommend this book to the teen confirmation class at my church, because there's actually a terrifying amount of truth behind all the metaphor. Overall, this book, although quite a laugh-out-loud riot, was surprisingly full of hope and optimism, and it is definitely a page-turner that readers will enjoy, especially teens and young adults.
Rating: On the Run (4/5)
*** I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Posted December 3, 2011
Zany, satirical, random, yet profound
While on patrol one night as the only member of his neighborhood watch program, Matt confronts a suspicious scientist and his robot sidekick. Before he can figure out what they are up to, a heard of zombies runs by, being chased by a werewolf. This sends Matt on a mission to find out more, and eventually, to help the werewolf, Luther, conquer his dark side and find salvation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In true Mikalatos fashion, this book was zany, satirical, random, yet profound. I enjoyed the delivery of theological food for through the eyes of a werewolf. I found the point of view switches to the werewolf a bit jarring but enjoyed them nonetheless. If you like satirical fiction and haven¿t read one of Matt Mikalatos¿ books yet, get to it! They are delightful.
Posted April 25, 2012
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Posted November 28, 2011
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